Team Sky issues statement on Jonathan Tiernan-Locke doping result

has suspended Jonathan Tiernan-Locke from all team activities pending a disciplinary hearing process on anomalies in his .

A statement issued earlier today by the states that: “The analysis of the of Mr Jonathan Tiernan-Locke by the Experts Panel has demonstrated an anti- rule violation (use of prohibited substances and/or methods). Consequently and in compliance with the Anti- Rules, the has requested his to initiate disciplinary proceedings.”

His team issued a statement on the proceeedings:

notes that Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been charged with a violation of the anti- rules.

We have been informed that he intends to defend himself against that charge.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will not ride for or take part in any team activities – including s and all team duties – until a decision is made in this disciplinary hearing process.

We understand that the violation was highlighted by an anomaly in his , in a reading taken before he signed for this team.

There are no doubts about his approach or in . This is a team that trains, races and wins clean.

At this stage, we will add no further detail until this initial disciplinary process is concluded.

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